- 1898: Ferdinand Porsche
designed the Egger-Lohner electric C.2 Phaeton, the P1.
It had a 3hp electric motor, a range of 80km, and could reach 35km/h.
The original vehicle was rediscovered and was unveiled at
the Porsche museum
on 31 January 2014.
- 1948, Gmund Austria: Porsche's first car, the 356,
had a 1086cc 30kW VW engine.
Production moved to Stuttgart and 369 were there built in 1950.
- 1953: The mid-engined Porsche 550 Spyder.
(The actor James Dean was killed in his 550 in 1955.)
- 1963: 904 GTS road & race car.
Porsche 911, start of a legend.
- 1969: Mid-engined Porsche/VW 914.
- 1970 & 1971:
won the Le Mans 24-hour race.
- 1976: Front-engined Porsche 924.
- 1977: Front-engined Porsche 928, 4.5-litre V8,
at the 1977 Geneva Motor Show.
- 1981: Porsche showed the Porsche 911 AWD concept car
at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
- 1984: A Porsche 911 AWD won
the Paris-Dakar rally.
- 1982: Front-engined Porsche 944.
- 1986: Porsche 959 AWDs (with off-road suspension, etc.)
finished 1, 2 and 6 (the support car) in the Paris Dakar rally,
2.85-litre, twin-turbo, flat-6,
292 [regular] 959s were built from 1986 to 1988 as
a group-B rallying study -- Porsche.
- 1987: "Production" 959s on sale.
- 1991: 944 → 968.
- 1995: Mid-engined Porsche Boxster, 2.5-litre flat-6.
- 2002: A Porsche SUV(!) - the 4x4 Porsche Cayenne -
developed in conjunction with VW
(~ the VW Touareg).
Porsche seemed to gain
effective control of VW
buying 31% of the latter's shares and successfully challenging
a German law limiting VW shareholders to voting at most 20%.
But, financially, Porsche had bitten off more than it could chew.
- 2009: Front-engined, 4-door Porsche Panamera went on sale,
4.8-litre V8, RWD or AWD, also a turbo-charged version.
- 2009, May:
VW and Porsche decided to merge.
After a hard battle, the VW and Porsche boards agreed to
Porsche being absorbed into VW
VW to take 42% of Porsche AG by the end of 2009 (13/8/'09);
then 49.9% (7/12/'09).
- 2012, August 1:
Volkswagen and Porsche finalized the creation
of their "Integrated Automotive Group" in which
Volkswagen held 100% of Porsche AG via a holding company -- VW.